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SURVEY FINDS MAJORITY OF KENTUCKIANS SUPPORT STATE-FUNDED CONSERVATION EFFORTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 10, 2011

Lexington, KY.–A recent survey of Kentucky voters revealed that they enthusiastically support a number of proposals to increase the State’s investment in conservation of Kentucky’s resources.

      The study, conducted earlier this year by the bipartisan research team of Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (Dem.) and Public Opinion Strategies (Rep.), asked voters a variety of questions as they relate to conservation of land, water and wildlife in Kentucky.  Key findings of the survey include:

  1. Eighty-six percent of voters support maintaining and/or increasing state government funding for programs to protect land, water and wildlife.
  2. Sixty-six percent of voters support dedicating additional public funding for land, water and wildlife conservation in Kentucky.
  3. Seventy-four percent of voters believe we can have a clean environment and strong economy at the same time without having to choose on over the other.

“The survey results indicate that Kentuckians desire and would support additional effort to invest in Kentucky’s clean water and natural beauty,” said Terry Cook, State Director for The Nature Conservancy.  “By investing in these conservation efforts, we not only protect Kentucky’s land and water for future generations, but we invest in the natural infrastructure that is a key component of a healthy and vibrant economy.  A healthy environment attracts business, enhances our quality of life and supports sustainable tourism economies which benefit rural communities.”

     Kentucky’s state-funded conservation efforts are significantly less than surrounding states.   According to the Trust for Public Land Conservation Almanac – a non-partisan non-profit that tracks conservation funding policy in the United States – Kentucky invested approximately $46 million in land conservation during the span of 1998-2008, or $11 per capita.  States such as North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina and Tennessee spent between $123 million and $1.08 billion or between $20 and $120 per capita during the same time period.

     The telephone survey was commissioned by The Nature Conservancy and The Trust for Public Land with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Kentucky Conservation Committee.

 

About The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.  The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide.  To learn more about the Conservancy’s work in Kentucky visit The Nature Conservancy on the web at www.nature.org/kentucky .

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